Goh opts for all-rookie line-up for first Super Formula season

Ex-Honda junior Atsushi Miyake has been handed the chance to race in Super Formula by new-for-2022 outfit Team Goh.

Goh opts for all-rookie line-up for first Super Formula season
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Miyake, who makes the step up from Super Formula Lights, will partner the previously-announced Ren Sato as part of an all-rookie line-up at the Honda-powered squad.

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A brief statement from Goh said its decision to hand its vacant second seat to Miyake fits in with its “initiative of pursuing young driver development through international racing”.

Miyake, who finished second to Sato in Japanese Formula 4 in 2019, makes the leap to Super Formula after placing fourth in Super Formula Lights last season driving for the minnow Looney Sports team.

The 22-year-old drove the SF19 for the first time for Toyota outfit KCMG in December’s post-season rookie test at Suzuka.

He was also a race winner in SUPER GT’s lower GT300 division last year, sharing a Max Racing Toyota GR Supra with Yuui Tsutsumi, and will remain with the team for a third season in 2022.

 

It was revealed last month that Goh would start its own independent team for the 2022 Super Formula season after a season of collaborating with established Honda outfit Mugen, which resulted in the team’s #15 car being entered under the ‘Red Bull Mugen Team Goh’ banner.

The team will be run by Servus Japan, which has operated the #15 Mugen car and the ARTA Honda SUPER GT squad in recent seasons, with Kazuhiro Ikeda serving as team boss.

Ikeda revealed via social media that the team had been targeting a foreign driver for its second car, but Japan’s ongoing travel restrictions forced them to choose from the pool of drivers competing on the domestic scene.

Goh’s choice to partner Sato with Miyake is notably set to leave ex-Mugen driver and Dandelion super-sub Ukyo Sasahara on the sidelines for a second consecutive season.

Fellow Honda team B-Max Racing has one seat left to fill, but has stated it is targeting a foreign driver with a budget and may concentrate on running a single car for Nobuharu Matsushita if a suitable candidate cannot be found.

2022 Super Formula grid so far:

Team/Engine No. Driver
Mugen/Honda 1

Japan Tomoki Nojiri

Kondo Racing/Toyota 3 Japan Kenta Yamashita
4 France Sacha Fenestraz
Dandelion Racing/Honda 5 Japan Tadasuke Makino
6 Japan Hiroki Otsu
KCMG/Toyota 7

Japan Kamui Kobayashi

18

Japan Yuji Kunimoto

Drago Corse/Honda 12 Japan Nirei Fukuzumi
Rookie Racing/Toyota 14

Japan Kazuya Oshima

Impul/Toyota 19

Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi

20

Japan Ryo Hirakawa

TOM'S/Toyota 36

France Giuliano Alesi

37

Japan Ritomo Miyata

Inging/Toyota 38

Japan Sho Tsuboi

39

Japan Sena Sakaguchi

B-Max Racing/Honda 50

Japan Nobuharu Matsushita

51

TBA

Nakajima Racing/Honda 64

Japan Naoki Yamamoto

65

Japan Toshiki Oyu

Goh/Honda TBA

Japan Ren Sato

TBA

Japan Atsushi Miyake

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